PSV Eindhoven sensation Mohamed Ihattaren did not need a lot of convincing to choose the Netherlands over Morocco.

The 18-year-old has been a star for Netherlands youth sides but at the end of last year, Morocco made an attempt to convince the midfielder to choose an international career with them.

However, Ihattaren followed his heart and confirmed his decision to choose Oranje, although he is yet to make his debut under Ronald Koeman.

Speaking to Voetbal International, Ihattaren explained that the decision was easy thanks to the feeling he got from his now deceased father.

He said, “He used to be there when I played for youth teams in the Netherlands. Then he was shining. His son in Oranje, he thought that was fantastic.

“My father never spoke about it, but on the sickbed I could see it in his eyes. I knew how proud he was when I played for the Netherlands. It was therefore very simple for me.

“In my life I have always followed my father’s lessons, I will continue to do so now. If I ever have to make a difficult choice, I will think about what he taught me and how he thought about things. Even if my choice turns out wrong, I don’t mind. Because then I know that it is right between me and my father. That is the most important thing. “

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